Dr. King's 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Below is the full text of Dr. Martin Luther King’s acceptance speech for the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, these words have never been truer and more alive than right now.Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness, Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:■︎
I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when 22 million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice. I accept this award on behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice. I am mindful that only yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama, our children, crying out for brotherhood, were answered with fire hoses, snarling dogs and even death. I am mindful that only yesterday in Philadelphia, Mississippi, young people seeking to secure the right to vote were brutalized and murdered. And only yesterday more than 40 houses of worship in the State of Mississippi alone were bombed or burned because they offered a sanctuary to those who would not accept segregation. I am mindful that debilitating and grinding poverty afflicts my people and chains them to the lowest rung of the economic ladder.
Therefore, I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize.
After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time – the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
The tortuous road which has led from Montgomery, Alabama to Oslo bears witness to this truth. This is a road over which millions of Negroes are travelling to find a new sense of dignity. This same road has opened for all Americans a new era of progress and hope. It has led to a new Civil Rights Bill, and it will, I am convinced, be widened and lengthened into a super highway of justice as Negro and white men in increasing numbers create alliances to overcome their common problems.
I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. “And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.” I still believe that We Shall overcome!
This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born.
Today I come to Oslo as a trustee, inspired and with renewed dedication to humanity. I accept this prize on behalf of all men who love peace and brotherhood. I say I come as a trustee, for in the depths of my heart I am aware that this prize is much more than an honor to me personally.
Every time I take a flight, I am always mindful of the many people who make a successful journey possible – the known pilots and the unknown ground crew.
So you honor the dedicated pilots of our struggle who have sat at the controls as the freedom movement soared into orbit. You honor, once again, Chief Lutuli of South Africa, whose struggles with and for his people, are still met with the most brutal expression of man’s inhumanity to man. You honor the ground crew without whose labor and sacrifices the jet flights to freedom could never have left the earth. Most of these people will never make the headline and their names will not appear in Who’s Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvellous age in which we live – men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization – because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness’ sake.
I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners – all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty – and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.
Don't charge your MacBook Pro using the ports on its right side!
kernel_taskCPU Usage is due to high chassis temperature caused by charging. In particular Left Thunderbolt port usage.
- Move charging from the left to the right side. If you have a second charger then plug it in on the right side. Avoid plugging everything on the right side (see last paragraph below).
- Unplug something from the left side. Either power or another accessory until the battery is full.
- Force fans to max before plugging in. iStatMenus has an easy Sensors -> Fans menu item to do so. This only helps in marginal conditions.
- Move to a cooler room.
Just so happens that my set-up is such that I can only charge using the right side TB3 port, now let’s move on to finding the next obscure solution to the next MacbookPro issue.∞︎
Delete unwanted boot entries from Windows BIOS
I had a machine that had accumulated multiple redundant entries in the BIOS boot sequence as a result of running dual boots, clover/hackintoshes and multiple SSD swaps over time.
This machine now runs Windows 10 exclusively but still had all old boot entries; rEFInd, MacOS, Clover, CentOS and Ubuntu. While keeping these entries will not cause any harm, I prefer to keep the Windows Boot Manager tidy by getting rid of all entries other than Windows 10.continue reading
RIP Tony Allen
Afrobeat lost an icon. RIP Tony Ọládipọ̀ Allen, he was such a massive influence.
Allen came to prominence in Lagos alongside Fela Kuti. He started drumming in the late 50s while working at a radio station, looking to jazz icons such as Art Blakey and Max Roach for inspiration as he taught himself to play. In 1964 he met Kuti and they spent the next half-decade fine-tuning their fusion of west African party music and American funk and jazz, in the bands Koola Lobitos and, by 1969, Africa ’70. While Kuti, who died in 1997, is more well-known than his musical soulmate, he said that “without Tony Allen there would be no Afrobeat”.
Funfact: Allen formed the Art Rock group The Good, the Bad & the Queen with singer Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, bassist Paul Simonon of the Clash and guitarist Simon Tong of the Verve. The supergroup released 2 albums.∞︎
Organising my music library
I like music and I listen to all kinds - I’m not tied to a particular genre. While the 2nd half of the 20th century (1960s - 1990s) may have given us the best music and artists, there’s no shortage of new talents around the world today, and thanks to services like Colors, Kexp and Hype machine, it has become quite easy to discover these new talents and music whether they play the music of Mali or live in Tuva.
Until a few years ago, I kept my own music and meticulously edited all the metadata to my own liking before uploading to my Google Play Music locker, these days however, I use Apple Music and only upload songs not available in the Apple store.continue reading
Telegram reaches 400M MAU
Telegram, the popular social messaging app now has 400 million monthly active users.
When we started Telegram 7 years ago, we assumed that people will always choose freedom and quality over restrictions and mediocrity. As the gap in popularity between Telegram and its older competitors narrows, we find more and more validity in that original assumption. Thank you for being smart and free!
Telegram started life as a WhatsApp clone but has amassed so many features over the last seven year that it is now, arguably, the best messaging service out there, though its 400 million active users is a far cry from WhatsApp’s whopping 2 billion active users.
In addition to chats and voice calls, Telegram offers tons of other features and customisations; secret chats, bots, cloud storage, username, super groups, channels, multiple platforms, multiple sessions, end-to-end encryption, stickers, folders, tolls and quizzes. The company is also developing the Gram cryptocurrency and TON blockchain.∞︎
Netflix Q1/2020 Earnings
In the first quarter, Netflix benefited from hit new shows like “Tiger King” and “Love Is Blind” and new seasons of dramas “Ozark” and “Money Heist.” Consumers stuck inside at home during the Covid-19 pandemic have turned to Netflix for entertainment.
“Our small contribution in these difficult times is to make home confinement a little more bearable,” Chief Executive Reed Hastings said on a conference call with analysts.
Twice as many new subscribers as Wall Street expected (15.77 million new subscribers), Netflix sure blows the competition away and Tiger King was quite something.
Disney+ is not far behind though with an impressive 50 Million subscribers in just over 6 months.∞︎
The £699 Wheels
No, it’s not a car.
It’s the Mac Pro wheels kit, on sale for the unfortunates who didn’t configure this option during their Mac Pro purchase.
Put your Mac Pro on wheels with the Mac Pro Wheels Kit. The custom-designed stainless steel and rubber wheels make it easy to move your Mac Pro around, whether sliding it out from under your desk or across your studio.
Tokens of love
Thomas Alsop, 21, brick labourer, was convicted in 1833 at Staffordshire for stealing a sheep.
Accept this dear mother from your unfortunate son Thomas-Alsop, transported July 25 aged 21, 1833. When you see this think of me, forget me not, dear mother.
Plexamp updated to version 3
Plex has just announced a version 3 update to Plexamp music player.
Plexamp is a simple music player for Plex, modelled after the classic Winamp audio player, it supports gapless playback with soft transitions, loudnes levelling, direct plays of almost all audio formats, beautiful visualizations and keyboard media keys. It works offline when you are out and about and works as a remote for other plex players.continue reading
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